23 June 2019

Royal Windsor Cup

The Queen presented prizes for the Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club.
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Back in hot pink at the end of a busy week, with an interesting brooch choice to boot!

 

22 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 5

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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It's the last day of Royal Ascot and at last I have an outfit to call my favorite of Ascot 2019. It's not The Queen - sorry, ma'am - but she was looking garden fresh indeed as she gave her mother's shell brooch its first outing of the year. (I think my favorite of The Queen's Ascot outfits this year was Day 4.)

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No, my Ascot fave this year has to goes to the blue-clad beauty Her Maj was chatting to above, her granddaughter-in-law Autumn Phillips. In a JUMPSUIT, no less! I liked it even before I saw this absolutely boss #TeamShades pic, for the record. Easy, breezy, and a chic take on the Ascot dress code.

21 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 4

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today. 
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Have we got some COLOR on display today, friends, as Ascot starts to wind down. The Queen got things rolling with her raspberry coat featuring a nice cut away detail to display the silk floral dress underneath. The Jardine Star Brooch looks enormous here, with a strong solid background to show off its full design. 

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Her Maj's seatmate for the ride in was Lady Helen Taylor, sporting an unusual orange and pink combo with a whole lot of hat froof. Normally, I'd advocate for ditching the orange bow...situation. But cast her as a supporting player in the raspberry queen's color story and suddenly I'm feeling like, sure, why not? 


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 Sarah, Duchess of York poses her own why not: Why not just treat every color like a neutral? Neutral green, neutral yellow, neutral purple. Maybe just not all at once, though.

20 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 3

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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A mother-daughter duo of soft colors and yellow gold accents kicks us off on Ladies' Day!

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Seems like an outfit tailor-made for this specific brooch, no? This outfit's also having a lot of fun with texture, which I like.

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I'm all on board for the color story happening with the rest of the family. I'll give a double well played to Autumn Phillips and Princess Eugenie...


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...and I'll even give one to Zara Tindall, even though I could do without pie crust anything, just for the color.


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I'm even feeling a jumpsuit-clad Countess of Wessex. I know. No one's more surprised than me.


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I gotta hop right off the train when we reach Lady Gabriella, I'm afraid. Can't recall feeling she overcooked a look before...but I guess there's a first time for everything.

19 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 2

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Ha! Some of you mentioned that you missed the Albert Sapphire in yesterday's comments and BEHOLD: Her Maj is here to grant your wishes. Look at the color on that sapphire. Delicious.

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In the fashion stakes, The Queen's wearing a Stewart Parvin "silk bourette tweed coat in mottled duck egg, worn with a co-ordinating floral printed silk dress" and a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat.

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HM once again led the family color story with The Duchess of Cornwall right behind her. The pale aqua gives her a chance to bring out one of the pearl chokers that's been in her collection the longest (since at least the 1970s), her Three Strand Pearl Choker with Aquamarine Clasp. I feel like we haven't seen this one in quite a while? Or we have and I'm just not paying that close of attention. (Accurate.)


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I wouldn't generally think of a velvet blazer as a fit for a summer event, but I also wouldn't dare contradict The Princess Royal. She's got pins and brooches to spare here, she's dangerous. Anyway, the dress underneath is super sleek and it's about time someone gave Camilla a run for her money in the pearl choker race.


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Our last major player for the day is The Countess of Wessex, and all there really is to say here is that the base of this hat is awfully distracting from this angle. That, and: Happy Anniversary! Ed and Soph are celebrating 20 years of marriage today.

18 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Let the brooch (and hat) (okay, mostly hat) fun begin! A jauntily flipped brim straight out of the Beauxbatons Academy + a Sapphire Jubilee present from Canada = a magical match for Her Maj on Day 1 of Ascot.

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I have been waiting for an excuse for Queen Máxima to come to Ascot for-e-ver and HERE SHE IS, staying to enjoy the races with King Willem-Alexander after attending Garter Day. Nobody takes a plant to the face with more panache. And she made up for any carat deficit from yesterday with maaaaajor earrings from the Stuart Tiara (!) and a giant diamond bracelet. ("Out jewel me once, shame on you; out jewel me twice, shame on me." - Máx, probably.)


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I have been waiting for the British royals to dig into Elie Saab for-e-ver and The Duchess of Cambridge DID IT. And then she totally picked pieces that look like other stuff she has in her closet, like I could have confused this with Temperley easily. Well trolled.


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The baby shower-ready pastels continued with The Duchess of Cornwall, not that she ever needs an excuse a pastel outfit with a giant hat. She wore, as usual, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings. Zara Tindall tied the group together with a floral that is basically one puffy sleeve away from the 80s.


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For a little more hat interest, we must travel to the rest of the family, where both The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex offered up some under-brim interest. Honestly, I liked Sophie's whole deal a lot more before I realized it's the dress fabric on the hat. Maybe with some contrast I'd be on board.


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Of course, the York sisters did offer up some colorful contrast and I'm not really on board with either Beatrice's random tassels or Eugenie's visible headband, so probably there's no pleasing me any way. Points for an Ascot attempt, though.

17 June 2019

Garter Day

The Queen gave a Luncheon Party for the Companions for the Most Noble Order of the Garter. A Service was held in St. George's Chapel this afternoon.
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Hey hey it's Garter Day, featuring Bonus Royal Action! Before we get to that, though, it's Her Maj herself. She was decked out in diamonds this year, including Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Those have been more commonly spotted at the Order of the Thistle Service in recent years.

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Here's your Bonus Royal Action: The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands showed up to be formally invested as Supernumerary or "Stranger" Knights of the Garter. Both received the honor during their recent state visits to the United Kingdom.

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Queen Letizia and Queen Máxima didn't miss a chance to show up in their behatted best, making for an extra splendiforous royal spouse line up this year.

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Queen Máxima just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that she's still into the ginormous belts, while The Duchess of Cambridge (in the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings from Diana) is here to reassure you that her supply of proper Catherine Walker princess gear is never-ending. Thanks for the updates, ladies.

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Rare is the day when Queen Máxima gets out-jeweled, but she must have felt the sting of a missed opportunity when Letizia and Camilla rolled up. Queen Letizia came to play, bless her, with no less than the earrings from the joyas de pasar earrings and a diamond brooch (!!) (this one's from Queen Sofia). The Duchess of Cornwall matched her gem for gem in her magnificent Pink Topaz Choker and its accompanying earrings, huzzah. Deeeelightful.

16 June 2019

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo and Jackie Stewart Luncheon

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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A couple quick appearances from Her Maj to cover before a busy week begins: her yearly stint at polo, featuring the second (confirmed, but I feel like this one has been a regular mystery brooch guess) appearance of the Pearl Triangle for 2019...

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June 13: The Queen, Patron, the Royal Automobile Club, attended a luncheon to mark the lifetime achievements of Sir Jackie Stewart.
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...and this lovely blue, though I have yet to see a front view.

12 June 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Love pulling the blue out of this dress and how you can see some of the dimension of the cabochon sapphire in this brooch! The Duke of Cambridge joined his grandmother for this audience, with the Governor-General designate of Australia.

08 June 2019

Trooping the Colour

Her Majesty, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, was present at The Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade at which the Colour of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was trooped.
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Rather a sedate outfit choice from The Queen today for her big birthday parade; she sort of blended in with the interior of her carriage and the Guards Badge - her choice for this event for many years now - faded into the coat. Can't be a neon queen every year, right?

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen again with her Alexander McQueen outfit (a silhouette to die for in a color I'll never love, alas) and Philip Treacy hat. The Duchess of Cornwall again wore her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings with her repeated minty fresh outfit. The Duchess of Sussex popped in from maternity leave in Givenchy.


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Princess Beatrice and The Countess of Wessex were probably able to spend their time chatting about Emilia Wickstead, since Sophie owns this dress too. Thankfully she didn't wear her version today, instead opting for a vibrant green Suzannah repeat. (A nice colorful bookend in this picture with Autumn Phillips' magenta.)


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 I hate to be brief on a big royal day, but sometimes needs must. And so, with a Prince Louis-style wave...


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I leave you to the rest of the balcony fashion spotting.

05 June 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary

The Queen and The Prince of Wales joined other world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at an event on Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
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There have been a number of war commemoration events over the past few years and The Queen has regularly attended them wearing brooches associated with her mother. That touching gesture continued today with the Centenary Rose Brooch, her own 100th birthday gift to The Queen Mother. She was all in on the pink today, striking a welcome bright note in a sea of dark suits.

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04 June 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Can you spy the brooch on this dress? At first glance, it appears to be the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch worn without its pendant. I am thinking, however, that it may be another; The Queen has at least one other small round brooch with a central pearl and diamond surround (honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if she has more than one other, this is a popular and not particularly distinctive arrangement of stones). This brooch seems a bit smaller than the Cambridge. It's very difficult to be certain without a front view and on this background.

03 June 2019

State Visit from the United States, Welcome Ceremony and State Banquet

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family hosted a welcome ceremony, a luncheon, and a state banquet on Day 1 of the American state visit to the United Kingdom.
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Plenty of bejeweled treats from today's events - starting with a two brooch/two pendant daytime roster! The Queen started out with the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch with its pendant attached. It's already the second time this year we've seen this one, and I like that track record. The Duchess of Cornwall was decked out in her usual picks, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings.

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Instead of transferring the Cambridge Emerald to her dress once inside Buckingham Palace for the luncheon, The Queen gave us a different brooch on her dress: the Cullinan VI and VIII! It's also the second 2019 appearance for this brooch, and even more of a treat.

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For the evening's state banquet, I suppose you could say The Queen paid tribute to the shared flag colors of the two nations with her combo of rubies, diamonds, and the Garter blue sash. These are some rare-ish picks, in fact: the Burmese Ruby Tiara hasn't been worn in the time this site's been keeping track and the Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace were last worn in 2015. Her white gown features daisies with crystal centers and is, as usual, by Angela Kelly.

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Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace
Diamond Bar Brooch (on back of sash)
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The Duchess of Cornwall has been using her mother-in-law's strategy of white gowns for state events for some time now, continued this evening in her repeated Bruce Oldfield dress. She also wore my favorite of her pearl chokers for a lovely dash of pink and brought out the earrings she wore on her wedding day for the first time in a while.

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Diamond Flower Pendant Earrings
Pink Topaz Choker
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Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order


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The Duchess of Cambridge's big debut tonight was the riband and star of the Royal Victorian Order. It's her first time in a sash; she was given the honor on her wedding anniversary earlier this year. She paired this with her usual state banquet tiara choice and the sapphire and diamond earrings she has previously loaned from The Queen. Her white gown is by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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Oak Leaf Brooch (securing her sash)
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 Big news from The Countess of Wessex, too, as her Wedding Tiara has had a bit of a makeover! The side elements have been changed and moved closer in - reducing some of the "cat ear" effect the previous design was often tagged with.

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It also looks as though she is wearing the Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure on loan from The Queen.


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Since Sophie left the aquamarine aficionado post open for the evening, The Princess Royal stepped up with her Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara and accompanying aqua gems.


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The Duchess of Gloucester was in a favorite tiara, the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara.


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Rounding things out in suites of pearls and diamonds, Princess Michael of Kent wore the Kent Festoon Tiara and Princess Alexandra wore the Ogilvy Tiara in its pearl version.

All in all, a splendid display of Windsor jewels!


 Please note: This blog is focused on the members of the British royal family. During the course of this state visit, I will ask that all comments stick to that focus and refrain from discussing politics or this visit's guests. Thank you for your understanding!

01 June 2019

Epsom Derby

The Queen attended the Epsom Derby at Epsom Racecourse.
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The Jardine Star makes its second appearance of the year as Her Maj kicks off the busiest month of the year. The brooch was also transferred to the dress underneath.

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30 May 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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It's a shame we don't have a better view of this brooch, because this is a rare sighting of the New Zealand Blue Pearl Brooch (which has been worn twice before and not since 2014) and that's a really interesting color combination for The Queen to make with this dress.

29 May 2019

Buckingham Palace Garden Party and Audiences

The Queen held an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Buckle up, it's a two brooch day and they're both interesting choices! The first brooch of the day is the Malta Aquamarine Brooch - I call it that simply because it debuted in Malta in 2015. This is the second time we've seen it, assuming you can make it out on that print dress.



The Queen, joined by other members of the Royal Family, held a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
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The day's second brooch is the City of London Lily, a piece fairly well known but not - in recent years, at least - so often worn (this is just the third time it's been worn since this site started keeping track in 2012).

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It's a beautiful and large piece, though, so always a treat to see it in use.

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The Queen's companions at today's garden party included The Duke of Sussex plus Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, whose color choices bookended Her Maj's very well. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also attended.

28 May 2019

Church at Balmoral

May 26: The Queen, accompanied by The Earl of Wessex and Lady Louise, attended church at Crathie Kirk while staying on the Balmoral Estate.
 
Looks like something floral here, but tricky to tell, so I turn the guessing over to you.

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23 May 2019

British Airways Centenary

The Queen visited the headquarters of British Airways at Heathrow Airport to mark the company's 100th anniversary.
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Another day, another major company's major anniversary. With a brooch bonus for me: I was hoping for a second 2019 appearance of this turquoise brooch, and here we are!

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22 May 2019

Sainsbury's 150th Anniversary

The Queen visited a pop-up Sainsbury's store near one of the company's first locations to mark the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain.
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In which Her Maj pops out to Sainsbury's and wonders whether you can cheat at the self-service checkout. Just like my trips to the grocery store. Minus the hat and the diamonds and the pearls, of course.

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21 May 2019

Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Queen, joined by other members of the Royal Family, held a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
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It's appearance #2 for the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch! Given by Canada in 2017, we first saw it worn last year.

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I would not have expected a pairing with the shade of this Stewart Parvin coat, but I suspect the blues on the sapphires are more subtle in person than they are in the released photos of the brooch.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were present at today's garden party. The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen outfit with a Juliette Botterill hat, another look which I guess is new but honestly feels like a repeat.

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For a nice touch of bling, she added Diana's Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings.

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The Countess of Wessex opted for pink too, repeating an Emilia Wickstead dress and Jane Taylor hat from last year's Ascot. Also present for the garden party fun were the The Earl of Wessex, The Duke of York, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

20 May 2019

Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen and Members of the Royal Family visited the Chelsea Flower Show.
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A flower brooch for the flower show, natch, worn on the outfit Her Maj debuted at the Sussex wedding a year ago.

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The Queen met up with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a look at the garden Kate helped design. A flower dress for the flower show, natch - and a twin moment with an unexpected family member: The Duchess of Kent wore this Erdem dress to the Sussex wedding.

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Among the other royals present was Princess Beatrice (who accompanied The Duke of York), attired in a sharp trench perfect for sharp pointing opportunities.

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And The Countess of Wessex (with The Earl), whose repeated Suzannah dress is also perfect all your floral pointing needs.

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Not pointing but pretty in polka dots and pink, I'm throwing Princess Alexandra in here because some of you missed her at Lady Gabriella's wedding. (She was there, just not much photographed.) The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also among today's royal attendees.

18 May 2019

The Wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr. Thomas Kingston at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
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Another family wedding at St. George's Chapel, yay!

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Starting with this site's leading lady: bright pink and one of her mother's brooches is about as trusty a combo as it gets for Her Maj, and this is no exception.



Now, the bride:

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From the Royal Family's press release:

Lady Gabriella’s wedding dress was a bespoke design by Luisa Beccaria. It was made of lace, embroidered with flowers and embellishments. Its blush shade came from layers of tulle and organdie beneath the lace, which created the body of the gown. The skirts fanned out into a long train. Her veil was made from layers of white tulle, together with embroidered flowers.

 The Bridesmaid and Pageboy outfits were also designed by Luisa Beccaria. Bridesmaids wore cream dresses with blush underlays and sashes, with flower rings in their hair to echo the bridal bouquet. Pageboys wore cream shirts and knickerbockers. Their shoes were by Papouelli.

Lady Gabriella wore a Russian Fringe style diamond tiara also worn by her grandmother, HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and her mother, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, on their wedding days.

 Lady Gabriella’s bouquet featured a creamy ivory ‘Ella’ rose by David Austin, named for the bride, and myrtle, which has formed part of many Royal wedding bouquets in a tradition started by Queen Victoria. Other flowers incorporated included Juliet roses, Lily of the Valley and white and apricot sweet peas.

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The aforementioned Russian Fringe style diamond tiara is the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara, covered here at the other blog. (Some will say that the Royal Family has their information wrong and Princess Marina wore a different fringe tiara on her wedding day. That's the trouble with fringe tiaras - too many twin pieces!)

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Luisa Beccaria was a surprise designer choice to me; Lady Gabriella is usually dressed by the same designer for major royal events (previously, Catherine Walker; more recently, Claire Mischevani). You never have to convince me of the merits of a fringe tiara, but the sharp lines work as a nice contrast to the rest of this tremendously romantic bridal outfit. The overall effect gives me a strong flashback to the wedding ensemble worn by the bride's aunt, Princess Alexandra of Kent. Gabriella made a stunning bride.

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Also in romantic mode - if we assume that loads of feathers = romance - were the rest of the ladies in this branch of the Kent family. I'd lose at least half of the layered elements of Princess Michael's outfit. Lady Frederick Windsor, on the other hand, I find charmingly festive in her Catherine Walker coatdress and hat. (Much like her sister-in-law, Sophie tends to be designer-loyal for major events. Catherine Walker's serving her well of late.)

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Mustard and navy might be the opposite of charmingly festive, as color combos go. The Princess Royal dug straight into her usual repeats for this occasion.

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Speaking of digging into one's closet...The Duchess of Gloucester wore this headband for Trooping the Colour in 1984. I suppose we should just be glad she left the '80s hair in the decade it belonged.

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You never have to sell me on this shade of pink for a wedding guest, so Sarah, Duchess of York was an easy win for me. Updated and understated.

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Princess Beatrice was decidedly not understated in her mess of a navy dress. Let's have a do over without the criss crossy deal at the top and see how it goes next time, shall we?

These are not all the guests, but I'll leave you to further spotting. Happy royal wedding weekend!